A missing persons case has turned into a murder investigation after police found the dismembered remains of a woman in a mountain district of Keelung City, yesterday, January 11.
Police began an investigation after a 26-year-old Malaysian national of Chinese ethnicity named Deng (鄧) was reported missing by a family member on January 6. Investigators who went to Ms Deng’s apartment on the fifth floor of a building in Wanhua District, Taipei City, noticed a suspicious smell of strong chemical disinfectant coming from the apartment across the corridor.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Ms Deng’s 44-year-old neighbor, named Lin, was seen carrying two large cardboard boxes out of his apartment to a rental car on January 7.
Lin Guo-ping (林國平) was found to have a history of criminal offences for robbery and theft, and had been recently released from prison.
Police broke into Lin’s apartment on January 8 and found that the bathroom had been scrubbed clean to an abnormal extent, and was pungent with the smell of chemical disinfectants. However, a forensics chemical test showed evidence that a large amount blood had been present before the room was cleaned.
Investigators traced Lin’s movements via mobile phone location to a mountain district of Keelung City, the Keelung seaside, and Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, where Mr Lin’s mobile phone was found abandoned by the roadside.
Lin’s phone contained a message containing suicidal thoughts.
Yesterday, January 11, when the nation was focused on a presidential and legislative election, investigators discovered the dismembered remains of Ms Deng, bloodstained clothing, and other items in plastic bags inside two cardboard boxes dumped beside a remote road in the mountains of Keelung City.
Reports indicate that Lin had made overtures to Ms Deng, and had been rejected.
Deng shared the apartment with her cousin, and had been in Taiwan for less than two months, working in the hospitality industry.
Police traced Lin’s last movements to a seaside location near Jinshan, and have requested the Coast Guard help search for a possible body, suspecting that Lin may have committed suicide. However, it has not been ruled out that the suicidal message on Lin’s phone was a ruse, and police are actively searching for the suspect.
Police this afternoon released pictures of the suspect and urged the public to dial 110 or Wanhua Branch Investigation Team 02-23117878 immediately if they spot the suspect.
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